Yes, we know, everyone and their great Aunt Lulabell has weighed in, but DBZ writer, Feliz knows you’ve waited with baited breath for this one. Enjoy.
1. Cleveland Browns – Sam Darnold (QB) – The pick here could very well be Saquon Barkley, while taking Lamar Jackson with the no. 4 pick but the Browns take the “best” QB of the draft. As much attention as Barkley draws, Dorsey can find a Kareem Hunt type of guy to compliment Carlos Hyde.
2. New York Giants – Saquon Barkley (RB) – In a division with Zeke Elliot, why not take the draft your own version but better? Allow OBJ, <Rec no. 2>, Shepard, & Engram to roam free while teams stack the box. Oh and the Giants have a pretty good defense btw.
3. New York Jets – Josh Allen (QB) -The Jets have Josh McCown and they can afford the luxury of taking the raw, big armed talent and allow him to sit and learn for an entire year. Though the Jets won’t make the post season, you can expect Allen to start at some point in the year.
4. Cleveland Browns – Bradley Chubb (DE) – The Browns phone will be ringing off the hook for this pick but picture playing Chubb opposite of Myles Garrett? At some point you have to stop trading down for more capital. You have 3 2nd round picks and your building for the future, not for right now. You will have to pay all of these guys in 4-5 years.
5. **TRADE** Buffalo Bills – Baker Mayfield (QB) – At this point, two of the top QB prospects have gone off the board. The Bills land arguably the most polarizing QB of the draft. He can also learn a lot from McCarron who has thus far lived the life of a backup.
6. **TRADE** Arizona Cardinals – Josh Rosen (QB) – Arizona can’t ride with Bradford and Glennon. Arizona needs a strong splash this year to keep up with the Rams & 49ers. The Cardinals are in full rebuild mode and expect them to be the bottom of the NFC West for a prolonged period of time. They could use all of their picks to start rebuilding, particularly with a new head coach and how much of the old roster he’s willing to retain is a huge questions. Just look at what they did with Tyrann Mathieu. Nonetheless, they take their QB of the future now.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Derwin James (DB) – The Buccs pull the trigger on the stud DB. They could use more LB & DL help but you cannot pass on James at 7.
8. Chicago Bears – Trumaine Edmunds (LB) – The Bears haven’t seen a LB like this in Urlacher and that’s exactly who scouts tout as his NFL comparison. With Trubisky on one side, the defense could use their own version of a QB.
9. San Francisco 49ers – Quenton Nelson (OG) – Jimmy G got paid and now he needs protection. The 49ers take the best lineman in the draft.
10. Oakland Raiders – Roquan Smith (LB) – Outside of Khalil Mack, the Raiders defense and non-existent. And even Mack has a habit of disappearing for the majority of the season. There’s no telling what the “1998 Raiders” will look like under J. Gruden but their defense needs work.
11. Miami Dolphins – Denzel Ward (CB) – Miami won’t take a QB just to take a QB and by this pick, their choices are gone. Time to stack this defense while you continue to clean house on the offensive side of the ball.
12. Denver Broncos – Minkah Fitzpatrick (DB) – Denver traded for Cravens, resigned Todd Davis, & kept Brandon Marshall. One thing is certain about Denver’s defensive backfield, Chris Harris is your CB1 and Bradley Roby is CB2. Fitzpatrick will be better than Langley and challenge Cravens & Parks for that slot spot in coverage. It will be one hell of a training camp for the slew of DBs Denver has on its roster. As they continue to exploit using a 5-1-5 defense for RBs & TEs, the more DBs the better.
13. Washington Redskins – Jaire Alexander (DB) – Josh Norman needs a compliment and Alexander could provide that especially with the departure of Bashaud Breeland.
14. Green Bay Packers – Harold Landry (DE) – You’ve got Mike Daniels & Mo Wilkerson in the interior. You need a pass rush. Landry could provide what Green Bay’s been missing from their defense. They could also take Denzel Ward with this pick but they need more pressure on the QB so their DBs can pick the ball.
15. Indianapolis Colts – Mike McGlinchey (OT) – Jacoby Brisett was one of the most sacked QBs of the 2017 season and with Andrew Luck on the horizon, he needs to be protected.
16. Baltimore Ravens – Lamar Jackson (QB) – The signing of RGIII isn’t just coincidence and let’s face it, Joe Flacco is a serviceable QB. The Ravens pride themselves on a stout defense and while I can see them taking Vita Vea with their original 16th pick, they pull the trigger on what could be Michael Vick 2.0 and begin to mold an explosive offense with a duel threat QB.
17. Los Angeles Chargers – Da’Ron Payne – The Chargers have two solid pass rushers in Ingram & Bosa. They need an interior guy who can provide a push and take attention away from the outside.
18. Seattle Seahawks – Vita Vea (DT) – With Michael Bennett traded to Philly, a replacement for the trenches is necessary.
19. Dallas Cowboys – Courtland Sutton (WR) – The pick couldn’t be more obvious. Dak Prescott had little to no chemistry with Dez Bryant. Cowboys need a new no. 1.
20. Detroit Lions – Will Hernandez (OG) – Protect your franchise QB. Will Hernandez is a nasty SOB and the Lions offensive line could use a guy like that.
21. Cinncinati Bengals – Rashaan Evans (LB) – The Bengals need to move on from problem player Vontaze Burfict. The organization can use a new face in the middle of that defense who can provide clean, sound defensive play.
22. Denver Broncos – Leighton Vander Esch– The Broncos finally address their ILB position with what could be a Luke Kuechly like player by grabbing the 2nd highest graded ILB in the draft. Sure they resigned Todd Davis and retained Brandon Marshall but the biggest hole in the Denver defense is the ILB position.
23. New England Patriots – Kolton Miller (OT) – The Patriots priority right now is to protect their relic of a QB in Tom Brady even before drafting their QB of the future.
24. Carolina Panthers – D.J. Moore (WR) – The Panthers find their WR1 to replace the traded Kelvin Benjamin. Moore is a taller version of Stephon Digg. It will be exciting to see what Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey, Curtis Samuel, Greg Olson, and D.J. Moore cook up.
25. Tennessee Titans – James Daniel (C) – The Titans continue to help keep Mariota up right by adding a new center to their already intimidating OL.
26. Atlanta Falcons – Taven Bryan (DT) – Dan Quinn continues to work on the Falcon’s defense by replacing Dontari Poe with Taven Bryan.
27. New Orlean Saints – D.J. Chark (WR) – With Willie Snead headed to the Ravens, WR suddenly becomes a need for the Saints
28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Mason Rudolph (QB) – Every year Big Ben seems to want to hang them up and the organization has to question what they will do at the QB position. At 28 the Steelers patiently wait for Rudolph to fall on their lap.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars – Hayden Hurst (TE) – The Jags need a pass catching threat at the TE position. Why not take the best TE in the class?
30. Minnesota Vikings – Mike Hughes (CB) – The Vikings need a Nickel corner to replace 39 year old Terence Newman. Yes you read right. A 39 year old cornerback still playing at a relatively high level.
31. New England Patriots – Kyle Lauletta (QB) – This would seem like an odd pick to most but the 5th year option makes it a no brainer to grab Brady’s successor with a 1st round pick
32. Philadelphia Eagles – Derrius Guice (RB) – Come week 1, whether your starter is Nick Foles or Carson Wentz, you want the pressure off your QB. Take a chance on what most call Marshawn Lynch 2.0.
Denver Broncos Picks Rounds 2-5
Rnd 2 Pick No. 40 – Anthony Miller (WR) – Not only do the Broncos need fresh bodies in the WR room, but they need to start thinking about life after Demaryius Thomas and Emanuel Sanders. Adding Miller could move Sanders to the slot, making him a solid threat to the middle of the field.
Rnd 2 Pick No. 53 (from Bills) – Ronald Jones II (RB) – Jones is like the 2nd coming of Jamaal Charles. Why not take the fresh, younger version of the free agent and pair him with Devontae Booker? He had a top 30 visit with the Broncos and they do have a tendency to grab 2-3 players from that crop. The Broncos need a solid 1-2 punch, while sprinkling a bit of D’Angelo Henderson who saw little play time last season. This could be the backfield that finally produces for the offense.
Rnd 2 Pick No. 56 (from Bills) – Arden Key (OLB/DE) – Questions surround Shane Ray & Shaquil Barrett’s production. With Von Miller continuously winning the attention from double and triple blocks, it’s a wonder why Ray & Barrett’s sack/pressure numbers aren’t all worlds.
Rnd 3 Pick No. 65 (from Bills) – Dallas Goedert (TE) – Jeff Huerman hasn’t quite worked out and Jake Butt is a question mark. The Broncos need to develop a prospect that can challenge the TE room.
Rnd 3 Pick No. 71 – Tegray Scales (ILB) – The LB needs to continue to be challenged even after taking Vander Esch in round 1. Brandon Marshall’s durability is in question as he’s often playing hurt.
Rnd 3 Pick No. 99 – Will Richardson (OT) – All 3 RTs currently on the Broncos roster are a question. Veldheer & Watson are injury prone, and Elijah Wilkinson is a 3rd stringer. The Broncos need a fresh RT to groom behind Veldheer if they cannot find one in FA or next year’s draft.
Rnd 4 Pick No. 106 – Anthony Averett (CB) – Chris Harris is only getting older and although Langley was drafted in the 3rd round in 2017, more cornerback competition/depth should always be welcomed. Averett could be this year’s steal of the draft.
Rnd 4 Pick No. 113 – Tony Adams (G) – Max Garcia is as good as gone from Denver. And while Paradis signed his tender and Connor McGovern is slated to take over at RG, will that really be the case? Take Tony Adams if you are considering not giving Paradis a long-term contract and have McGovern take over at Center.
Rnd 5 Pick No. 149 – J’Mon Moore (WR) – Though a raw prospect, with the right coaching, he can turn into something special.
Rnd 5 Pick No. 160 – Nathan Shepherd (DT) – Shepard could be a late round gem that with e nough grooming, he can work in rotation with Derek Wolfe, Adam, Gotsis, and Demarcus Walker